A new rating scheme for pubs and restaurants is being introduced in various areas of the United Kingdom. Bolton is one of the first towns to welcome the scheme, and a significant number of local eateries have been awarded the top rating of five stars. Around a quarter of the 2,000 establishments that have been assessed were given the maximum figure.
There are a number of health and safety issues that can affect diners in a restaurant or pub, but perhaps the most worrying is when serious cases of food poisoning occur. This will often be as a result of poor hygiene in the food preparation areas, or an inadequate cleaning regime.
Food related injuries
Other potential problems can include injuries caused by foreign bodies in food, such as cuts to the mouth or broken teeth, and slipping over on floors after food and drink spillages have not been properly cleaned up. All establishments have a legal obligation to provide a safe environment for customers, and when they fail to do so their diners can suffer from a range of potentially dangerous situations.
If a customer feels there is a case for compensation, they need to contact a reputable firm of legal personal injury specialists as soon as possible. Whether they have had an illness or an injury at a small independent restaurant or at one of the national chains, a compensation case should be mounted, with the help of legal experts.
Recently, a former Network Rail employee was awarded £25,000 in damages after suffering from an acute case of salmonella. He had eaten at a Chinese restaurant and the after effects were so bad that he was bed-ridden for months, and went on to suffer from reactive arthritis.
If you or a family member have been injured in a pub or restaurant recently or have suffered from food poisoning in a dining establishment, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
It is vital that medical advice is sought immediately after any incident occurs, especially in cases of food poisoning where symptoms can subside within a short timescale.
The specialist personal injury solicitors at Stephensons have helped many people who have suffered injuries or illnesses at restaurants and pubs in the past, and have specific experience in this area. Call 01616 966 229 to discuss your case in confidence.